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SIAM Unwrapped - August 2016

August 8, 2016



SIAM members,

Weren’t able to join us at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston, MA last month? That’s OK – in this issue we’re sharing recaps of some of the top-notch talks and photos. You’ll hear from SIAM leadership in the AN16 video filmed in Boston and other blog posts. And don’t forget to mark your calendars now – AN17 is next July in Pittsburgh, PA; call for participation starts next month!

Becky Kerner
Editor


Contents:

MATH IN THE NEWS

FROM SIAM HQ

Knuth Gives Satisfaction in SIAM von Neumann Lecture
From our Leadership: AN16 Thank You & SIAG Update
Career Fairs: Who’s Up Next?

PUBLISHING NEWS & NOTES

Student Discount: 20% off SIAM Textbooks
Hot Off the Press: Two New Books

SIAM ANNUAL MEETING 2016

The Aftermath: Sizzle Video, Photos, Articles 
Tadashi Tokieda: Playing with Toys 
Recap: What the SIAM Editors-in-Chief Discussed

FEATURED VIDEO

Moody’s Mega Math Workshop – Tim Chartier Talk

CONFERENCE UPDATES

SIAM Conference Registrations, Submissions & Deadlines

PRIZES & AWARDS

2016 SIAM Fellows, Prize Recipients Recognized
Up Next: Make Your Nomination


MATH IN THE NEWS

FROM SIAM HQ

Knuth Gives Satisfaction in SIAM von Neumann Lecture

"Knuth has probably done more than any other living person to change the daily working lives of mathematicians."           – Cédric Villani 

Donald Knuth, Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, gave the John von Neumann lecture at last month’s SIAM Annual Meeting (AN16) in Boston – SIAM’s most prestigious award and highest honor. SIAM President Elect Nick Higham breaks down Knuth’s entertaining and informative talk in this blog post. Read it.

From our Leadership: AN16 Thank You & SIAG Update

It’s safe to say – AN16 went off without a hitch! SIAM President, Pam Cook, and Executive Director, Jim Crowley, give credit where credit is due and shed some light on SIAM activity groups (SIAGs) – why they exist, how they’re formed, what they have to do with Annual Meetings and more – in this SIAM News Blog post! Read it. 

Career Fairs: Who’s Up Next?

Collaboration, networking, creating community – all things good came out of last month’s Career Fair at AN16! Thank you to the employers as well as attendees for making it a success. Keep an eye out for more information on the two upcoming SIAM Career Fairs happening in 2017, taking place during the Computational Science and Engineering Conference (CSE17) in Atlanta, GA in February and at Annual Meeting (AN17) in Pittsburgh, PA in July.

PUBLISHING NEWS & NOTES

Student Discount: 20% off SIAM Textbooks

Back-to-school is just around the corner! SIAM’s Adoption Discount Program offers your students an easy way to save money when purchasing their textbooks. If you use any SIAM book as the primary text for a course, email student_pricing@siam.org for a discount code. If students use this code when ordering direct from SIAM, they’ll get the book for 20% off list price! Learn more about this program and shop now. 

Hot Off the Press: Two New Books

MM Optimization Algorithms                                                                                         
Kenneth Lange
MM Optimization Algorithms offers an overview of the MM principle, a device for deriving optimization algorithms satisfying the ascent or descent property. Learn more.

Minimum-Volume Ellipsoids: Theory and Algorithms                                           
Michael J. Todd
This book, the first on these topics, addresses the problem of finding an ellipsoid to represent a large set of points in high-dimensional space, which has applications in computational geometry, data representations, and optimal design in statistics. Learn more.

SIAM ANNUAL MEETING 2016

AN16 took place July 11-15 in Boston, MA, in parallel with our Life Sciences meeting (LS16) and the Workshop on Network Science (NS16). Check out hashtags #SIAMAN16 and #SIAMLS16 on social media to catch up on conference quotes, photos and conversation! 

The Aftermath: Sizzle Video, Photos, Articles

Whether you joined us in Boston last month or chimed in virtually, feel the energy of the meeting by scrolling through the AN16 photo album on Facebook and watching the sizzle video! Plus, read articles from the meetings as they happened on the SIAM News Blog. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates, including archives from the meeting and recorded talks from invited and prize lectures, minitutorials, and selected minisymposia on SIAM Presents.  

Tadashi Tokieda: Playing with 

Whoever said math isn’t fun hasn’t met Tadashi Tokieda. Tokieda, who presented this year’s I. E. Block Community Lecture at AN16, surprised and delighted the audience with a continuous visual display of moving toys. Learn more about Tokieda’s talk and check out video and photos.

Recap: What the SIAM Editors-in-Chief Discussed 

SIAM journals’ Editors-in-Chief traditionally meet every other year at the Annual Meeting to discuss concerns and areas of interest in the course of leading their Editorial Boards as they consider some 5,000 papers submitted for publication each year. Curious what these topics might consist of? Here’s a taste of what they covered in Boston:

Writing abstracts for broad readership
SIAM use of ORCID (a DOI for an individual)
Online nomination for Editorial Board positions
Refining SIAM’s policy on inclusiveness
SIAM’s response to government open access mandate

Stay tuned for more updates from this group!

FEATURED VIDEO

Moody’s Mega Math Workshop – Tim Chartier Talk 

In April, dozens of students from underserved NYC high schools were adding up the reasons why math is relevant outside of the classroom and how math modeling can be used to solve real life problems as part of the first-ever Moody’s Mega Math Workshop. The workshop was held to encourage high school students to consider math and science-related studies and careers. Tim Chartier, associate professor of mathematics at Davidson College, spoke to the students about how math is relevant inside AND outside of the classroom. Watch the presentation and find out what tricks he had up his sleeve! 

CONFERENCE UPDATES

SIAM Conference Registrations, Submissions & Deadlines

Check out the SIAM Conference Calendar for a full list of SIAM meetings and those sponsored by SIAM.

PRIZES & AWARDS

2016 SIAM Fellows, Prize Recipients Recognized

Lots of well-deserved recognitions happened last month at AN16! We were thrilled to acknowledge the 2016 Class of SIAM Fellows, recipients of major SIAM prizes, plus student winners of the SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling and the SIAM Student Paper Prize, all honored throughout the week for their tremendous accomplishments. Get to know the 30 inspiring and distinguished Fellows and check out the full list of prize recipients.

Up Next: Make Your Nomination

SIAM awards prizes throughout the entire year, including this week in Philadelphia! We’re excited to be giving out the first award of the T. Brooke Benjamin Prize in Nonlinear Waves to Panayotis G. Kevrekidis and David Lannes - one of two prizes SIAG/Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures will award at their conference. 

Calls for nominations are open for many of our prizes and awards. Learn more and nominate a colleague!

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